Michael Leunig - cartoonist

Michael Leunig cartoon
@JudyEv (101183)
Bunbury, Australia
November 15, 2017 10:16pm CST
Several discussions back I wrote about Spike Milligan and was surprised to learn he seemed largely unknown in the US. So I won’t presume you’ve ever heard of Michael Leunig although again I would have thought he’s have an international following. He is an Australian cartoonist and an example of his work is above. He often manages to include social commentary in his cartoons. I remember one Christmas card designed by Leunig. Santa and his reindeer were stopped at a red light while a little donkey bearing a pregnant woman and accompanied by a man slowly made their way across the intersection. He has always been something of an enigma and didn’t do well at school although he has great intelligence. He has supplied cartoons for several prestigious Australian magazines and newspapers. His work hangs in many private and public collections and in 1999, he was declared a ‘National Living Treasure’ by the National Trust. So there you go. Have you by any chance heard of him?
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@teamfreak16 (36813)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 Nov
No, this is the first time I have heard of him. Funny cartoon, though.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov
I know people like this. They'll go off at someone for the exact same faults that they have themselves.
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@JohnRoberts (41292)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Nov
I never heard of him. The only official Aussie "National Living Treasure" I know of was the late Slim Dusty.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov
I should research our National Living Treasures. I have no idea who they are/were
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@peachpurple (10707)
• Malaysia
16 Nov
nope never heard of him but his cartoon should be popular in the newspaper
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov
Some of his cartoons are very witty.
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@peachpurple (10707)
• Malaysia
17 Nov
@JudyEv Where can I read his cartoon online?
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@RasmaSandra (13425)
• Riga, Latvia
16 Nov
Love the cartoon. No never heard of him but thanks for sharing. I will check him out.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov
I shouldn't be surprised that he is not known elsewhere.
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@TRBRocks420 (62431)
• Banks, Oregon
16 Nov
Sounds like a pretty cool cartoon will have to check it out.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov
When someone is really well known in your own country you just assume they're known elsewhere.
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@TRBRocks420 (62431)
• Banks, Oregon
16 Nov
@JudyEv Same I am often shocked when people don't know someone famous.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov
@TRBRocks420 I know very few of the music groups put forward. It makes it hard to comment on some of them.
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@YrNemo (8752)
16 Nov
Saw his cartoons somewhere before, his name does sound familiar...
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov
It's hard to forget the strange figures he draws. I don't like them much.
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@YrNemo (8752)
17 Nov
@JudyEv You are right, too simple aren't they! How do you like the cartoons from Bart Simpson series? I so disliked them at first (slightly tolerant to them these days however, but still think of them as ugly like crazy!).
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@Madshadi (4993)
• Brussels, Belgium
16 Nov
Well it turned out well for him. Maybe if he was good at school he would've been doing something else now. I haven't heard of him
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov
He's probably best known in Australia - and maybe hardly known at all elsewhere.
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@andriaperry (33378)
• Anniston, Alabama
16 Nov
Never heard of him
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov
You won't be the only one.
@just4him (92423)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Nov
I haven't, but he does sound like a wonderful cartoonist and I enjoy the cartoon you shared.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Nov
I tried to find the Christmas one that I like but I can't find it. Some are pretty obscure but others are pretty clever.
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@just4him (92423)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Nov
@JudyEv It is clever.
@1hopefulman (20467)
• Canada
17 Nov
You are right. I have never heard of him.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov
Many people only become famous in their own countries.
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@1hopefulman (20467)
• Canada
17 Nov
@JudyEv That is true!
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@shaggin (27050)
• United States
18 Nov
I love the example you showed in the photo sounds like he has an interesting sense of humor. I have never heard of him.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Nov
Some are only famous in their own backyards.
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@shaggin (27050)
• United States
19 Nov
@JudyEv And some artists are only famous long after their deaths.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Nov
@shaggin That is probably more true. I often wonder what people like Mozart, Da Vinci, etc would think now of how they are revered when some wouldn't give them the time of day when they were alive.
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@Fleura (6226)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
I'm afraid I haven't come across him - I like the cartoon!
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov
It's a clever comment isn't it? At some tourist spots there are selfie sticks all over the place.
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@Fleura (6226)
• United Kingdom
17 Nov
@JudyEv Sometimes you wonder whether the visitors are really noticing or appreciating the places they go to, they're just obsessed with getting the perfect selfie.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov
@Fleura That's very true. Some tourists really rush through places and they miss so much.
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@m_audrey6788 (11509)
• Germany
16 Nov
No but I think his a good cartoonist as I see in your photo
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov
He has some very pertinent comments sometimes.
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• Germany
17 Nov
@ptrikha_2 (5796)
• India
18 Nov
I have not heard about him. However, from what you describe, it seems he has been a remarkable cartoonist. His works will be a delight to watch.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Nov
Some are a bit over my head but occasionally he comes up with one I really like.
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@buenavida (7687)
• Sweden
17 Nov
This guy has an interesting sense of humor..
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Nov
I don't 'get' a lot of his cartoons but some are good.
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@Platespinner (18584)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
16 Nov
I've not heard of him, but I no longer keep up with newspaper/magazine cartoons the way I once did.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov
I don't think he is well known outside Australia.
@cahaya1983 (9728)
• Malaysia
16 Nov
I've never heard of Leunig, but maybe that's just because I'm not into cartoon much. Just scrolled through his works on his website, some of them are a bit hard for me to understand.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov
Yes, some cultural things can be like that for other cultures.
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• Preston, England
17 Nov
love the cartoon included here though never heard of him bfore
@MALUSE (33004)
• Denmark
17 Nov
I haven't heard of the man, either. The name could be German. Is he of German origin?